Katie Mcdonough Kutil

Glimpsed At Ignite Baltimore

November 01, 2009|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,Special to The Baltimore Sun

Creative types are everywhere at Ignite Baltimore, an event that features speakers giving five-minute presentations on eclectic topics.

As 250 folks gathered at the Walters Art Museum for the most recent Ignite Baltimore, we "Glimpsed" an artfully dressed Katie McDonough Kutil. The 28-year-old co-owner of Chelle Paperie near Ruxton is a custom stationery and invitation designer. She describes her style as "creative with no fuss - super-simple pieces with fun details." And many of those details she creates herself.

The look: Gray ruffle-edge cotton tank under a black cotton Mossimo short-sleeve tunic. Dark-wash Flirt jeans. Cranberry wool herringbone jacket with ruffle neckline. White Burberry waxed-linen rose lapel pin. Smoky quartz and pearl drop earrings. Black woven leather peep-toe wedge pumps. Gray Made by Hank clutch handbag. Nine West sunglasses.

Where it came from: Her tank and jeans came from Old Navy. She found her tunic at Target and her jacket at J. Crew. She made her pin. She bought her earrings at Alexa Webb in Federal Hill, her shoes at the Aerosoles store and her sunglasses at Nine West. She found the handbag at etsy.com.

No fuss means no muss: "I do a lot of work by hand. I'm a letterpress printer. I'm a knitter. I like my style to be fun and creative, but not get in the way of what I'm doing. ... I definitely want to dress comfortably ... I don't want to be at work all day and worry about being uncomfortable or getting ink on myself."

How she makes unfussy fun: "I always wear solid colors. I like my detail to be in the texture. ... I dress monochromatically, but I like to add bright shoes or a bright jacket. I like to have one element of pop."

She creates her own accessories: "My mom and I have a knitting business. ... I make scarves. I just started making the [flower] pins. The first one I made was for my wedding last year. I made a giant flower as my wedding bouquet. I made my husband's boutonniere and a hair clip for myself. And now I make them to sell. ..."

Her favorites: "I love gray. It's my favorite color. I think it's a really sophisticated neutral. ... If I wear any bright colors, it's yellow, pink or orange ... I like jackets because I think they can make an outfit look a little more dressy without much work. I think they're versatile."

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